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By Cars.com Staff
December 1, 2011
The five-seat S4 is a performance version of the A4. It is offered only as a sedan, while the A4 (covered separately in the Cars.com Research section) comes as a sedan and an Avant wagon. The S4 competes with the BMW M3 and Lexus IS-F.
New for 2012 There are no significant changes for 2012.
Exterior Like earlier S4 models, the styling differs from the A4's, but it isn't overdone. The casual observer wouldn't know it's the performance variant. It has different bumpers and a different grille, a trunk lid with an integrated spoiler, LED taillights and 18-inch wheels with performance tires. The brake calipers carry the S4 logo. Metallic "aluminum-optic" accents appear as front and rear diffuser blades, and the S4 has four tailpipes. Exterior features include:
18-inch wheels on Premium Plus model
19-inch wheels on Prestige model
Xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights with LED daytime running lights
Auto-dimming, heated side mirrors
Interior The S4 is distinguished by contoured sport seats and numerous elements not found in the A4, such as a black headliner, brushed aluminum trim and a choice of carbon fiber, wood or stainless steel. S4 badges adorn the steering wheel, doorsills, gauge cluster and remote transmitter. Interior features include:
Keyless entry and engine start
Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity
Standard leather and Alcantara upholstery
Optional Silk Nappa leather upholstery
Optional navigation system and backup camera
Optional Bang & Olufsen premium stereo
Standard iPod integration
Under the Hood The S4's engine is a supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 that produces 333 horsepower and 325 pounds-feet of torque. Transmission options are a six-speed manual and seven-speed automated manual, the latter equipped with dual clutches for fast gear changes. It has an automatic mode and can also be shifted manually using paddles on the steering wheel. Mechanical features include:
Supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 with 333 hp
Six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic transmission
Standard Quattro all-wheel drive with a 40/60 percent front/rear torque distribution
Safety Along with the required front airbags come side curtain airbags that protect front and rear occupants. The front seats have torso airbags, and they can be added to the rear seats as an option. Other safety features include:
Four-wheel-disc antilock brakes
Electronic stability system with traction control
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